Apple’s virtual personal assistant is getting one notch smarter with every operating system upgrade.
With the upgrade to iOS 9 Siri learned the specifics of recognizing the voice of the Apple device owner who chooses to make use of Apple’s personal assistant. Once you think of calling Siri to action by uttering ‘Hey Siri’, your device will be walking you through the steps of a short training.
Bear with it, as at the end Siri will know to differentiate between your voice and that of another person and will only respond to voice commands coming from the rightful owner of the device.
There are a few conflicting views as to how and whether Siri works at all in this capacity. According to 9to5Mac, Siri doesn’t function as a Voice ID feature would. The team couldn’t figure out if Siri is indeed trained to respond to specific voices once it has learned their particularities or whether voice recognition is simply a tool that help Siri finetune the accuracy of its responses.
According to appadvice.com, the screen reading “This helps Siri recognize your voice” is ambiguous and could well be interpreted as Siri now recognizes speech patterns or Siri is really trained to recognize voice.
There might be a point to this hypothesis. If Siri is indeed able to recognize and respond to one person’s voice commands only, then why wasn’t Voice ID prominently pushed to the front during Apple’s September 9th event? Not too many hints were present in the initial announcement of iOS 9.
However, according to ZDNet, the feature functions perfectly. After going through the short brief and answering some questions, Siri was ready and solely responding to the voice commands of the person who had answered the questions.
Opinions remain split on the matter. Either way, Siri is certainly getting smarter as iOS is being updated. For Apple customers this can only spell good news.
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